Jim Allister speaks during rally against the Northern Ireland protocol organised by North Antrim Amalgamated Orange Committee, in Ballymoney, Co Antrim. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

These are big weeks for Jim Allister, the lone representative of the Traditional Unionist Voice party, but often one of the loudest voices in Stormont(...)

Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill  and Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald: Sinn Féin appears poised to return the largest number of  MLAs to Stormont following the election.  Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

With fewer than three weeks to go until polling day, there is at least one point on which Sinn Féin and the DUP agree. The Northern Ireland Assembly (...)

Jim Allister (right) and Jeffrey Donaldson looking at a poster of Doug Beattie during a rally in opposition to the Northern Ireland protocol in Armagh. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Ulster Unionist leader Doug Beattie has condemned “mindless idiots” who placed one of his election posters with a noose around the neck outside a rall(...)

On these polling numbers, Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill will be first minister if and when the next Northern Executive is formed. Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA

The DUP is slowly recovering in the polls ahead of May’s Assembly election but Sinn Féin is recovering faster, no doubt spurred by the attraction to n(...)

Ulster Unionist leader Doug Beattie at the launch of his party’s election manifesto in front of warship HMS Caroline at Alexandra Dock in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Issues around the Northern Ireland protocol “can and will be dealt”, the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) leader Doug Beattie said at the party’s manifesto(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill: ‘The minority trying to draw us back will not win.’ File photograph: PA

Sinn Féin will defend but not renegotiate the Belfast Agreement, party deputy leader Michelle O’Neill has said. Speaking at an election launch event (...)

Drummers march during the rally against the  Northern Ireland Protocol  in Ballymoney, Co Antrim. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Three Lambeg drummers kicked off the Ballymoney anti-protocol unionist rally and parade. A couple of hours later, eight loyalist bands led hundreds of(...)

Jeffrey Donaldson and Jill Macauley at a rally in opposition to the Northern Ireland Protocol at Crossgar Orange Hall last week.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The leader of the DUP has accused Sinn Féin of “pushing a radical all-Ireland agenda” during a speech to the party executive. Jeffrey Donaldson said (...)

Border row: Article 16’s power is exaggerated and controversies over it have made it difficult to use. Illustration: Getty

I regret to inform you the Northern Ireland protocol story is still happening, although it is now a debate the UK is having entirely with itself. As (...)

If elected Jeffrey Donaldson - who is currently the MP for Lagan Valley - must resign his seat at Westminster in order to take his place in the Assembly.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson is expected to be approved as one of his party’s election candidates in Lagan Valley at selection convention on Thurs(...)

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